Our Largest GSHP Building — For Now

Achieve Renewable Energy, LLC has just completed installation of a Ground Source Heat Pump system to heat and cool a 130,000 square foot building in Chelmsford, MA. The specifics of the project are confidential but we can share some information. The entire building is heated and cooled with the GSHP system. There is no need for any backup or auxiliary heating source. Prior to this, the largest building we had completed was 90,000 square feet. That project was for the same client which shows that the first project was a success.

The 130,000 square foot building uses GSHPs with variable speed Fans and compressors.  Pumps for circulation through the ground source are also variable speed for greater efficiency. Our client is getting approximately $300,000 in financial incentives for this project. In Massachusetts, commercial GSHP projects are very cost-effective. If you have an up-coming construction or renovation project, let us help you evaluate options for a GSHP system.

Excited to be one of the finalists in the 2019 NY-GEO Top Job Competition

Achieve Renewable Energy, LLC. is proud to have been selected as a Finalist in the 2019 GeoStar Top Job Competition. This is the same competition that we won in 2018. We will be presenting our project at the NY-GEO conference in April. Our selected project is a 130,000 square foot building that is 100% geothermal. We will post results after the conference.

Check out the finalists! https://ny-geo.org/pages/2019-top-job-competition

Achieve is Proud Winner of the 2018 NY-GEO Top Job Competition

By Larry Lessard and Michelle Harrison (G.E.T. staff)

Larry Lessard (left), VP of Achieve Renewable Energy, the New England Geothermal Professional Association (NEGPA) Vice President and 2018 “GeoStar Top Job” award winner, with John Manning (right), NY-GEO Board Member, creator of the Top Job contest and President of Phoenix Energy Supply. Photo: NY-GEO.org.

The 2018 NY-GEO conference drew an international crowd of more than 300 people. The presentations and vendor exhibits were informative. A highlight of the conference was the fourth annual “GeoStar Top Job” competition, which included five finalists. NEGPA’s (New England Geothermal Professional Association) Vice President, Larry Lessard, of Achieve Renewable Energy in Salem, MA won the competition! The winning project was the conversion of a 19th century mill building in Arlington, MA to a 21st century technology incubator.

Arlington Center Garage and Service Corporation, the owners of the mill, were undertaking renovations of the timber and brick structure. The first floor was vacant, and Glance Networks, a technology company, occupied the second floor. The goal was to create a bright and inviting Class A office space on the first floor with multiple private offices and open work areas. This space was built for WorkBar, a regional, technology-focused workspace sharing company. Maintaining a short schedule to meet WorkBar’s move-in date was a key to project success.

Before renovations. Image: Larry Lessard.

A major part of the mill’s renovation was upgrading the HVAC system. The building was heated by a fuel oil-fired steam system which was replaced with a ground source heat pump (GSHP) system. Achieve Renewable Energy, LLC (Achieve) installed the GSHP. The GSHP system was chosen to meet the owner’s goal of reduced carbon emissions and lower operation costs.

There were permitting challenges for the project, as the project was within a wetland resource area. The available space for the ground source required crossing Mill Brook and a large sewer main. Achieve devised a method for pipe routing and obtained the required special permits.

The ground source consisted of eight vertical bores drilled in diorite and gabbro. Each boring was completed with a 1.25 inches diameter HDPE u-bend and backfilled with graphite-enhanced grout with a thermal conductivity of 1.6 Btu/hr-ft-°F. The borings were plumbed in parallel in pairs and combined in a pipe vault. From the vault, four inches diameter piping traversed the sewer main and brook.

Picture of the mill showing renovations of the timber and brick structure. Image: Larry Lessard.

Achieve installed variable-speed, central loop circulation that supported six WaterFurnace GSHPs. Three of the GSHPs utilize variable-speed compressors and condition up to six zones each. The other three GSHPs utilize two-stage compressors and support up to four zones each. The first floor design alone had 18 zones. The building has 24 zones. Each GSHP is monitored remotely using a WaterFurnace Aurora Web-Link (AWL).

Construction was completed on time, and the renovated facility opened to great fanfare. Based upon data from the AWLs, for the 12 months from March 2017 through February 2018, the approximately 12,000 sq. ft. historic building had total heating and cooling cost of $6,415 at $0.18/kWh. Of this, about $1,500 was cooling of a server room.

Installation by Achieve Renewable Resources of a ground source heat pump system at a 19th century mill building in Arlington, MA. The ground source consisted of eight vertical bores.

The mill owner commented that this is the lowest maintenance, quietest and lowest operating cost heating system at any of their numerous facilities. The GSHP system has been expanded as WorkBar expands. Achieve is now involved in a GSHP at the adjacent, larger mill building for the same owner.

Congratulation to Larry and his team at Achieve on their winning project!

Larry Lessard is the Vice President of NEGPA and Director of Achieve Renewable Energy, LLC.

If the links in this article don’t work with your browser, Achieve Renewable’s website can be found at http://achieverenewable.com/

And NEGPA’s website is here: http://www.negpa.org/


Renewable Energy Technician

Achieve Renewable Energy, LLC. is seeking a self-motivated and experienced renewable energy technician. The focus of the position will be on our commercial and residential ground-source heat pump projects. Responsibilities will include system installation, trouble shooting, Client contact, and interaction of our other field staff and subcontractors. The successful candidate will most likely have training in HVAC and/or electrical wiring and previous experience with GSHP projects. Candidates with other outstanding qualifications may be considered. The position will be based in our Salem, Massachusetts office. Work will include field activities in MA, RI and NH.

Achieve is a growing renewable energy firm in Massachusetts. To learn more about us, visit our website at http://www.AchieveRenewable.com. We offer an attractive benefits program and cooperative work environment. To be considered for this position, email your resume to HR@AchieveRenewable.com. No telephone calls, please.

Tremendous Turnout at North Shore for 100% Renewable Energy Summit

On November 14th Achieve Renewable Energy, LLC was honored to be one of the presenters at the 100% Renewable Energy Summit in Salem, MA. Over 80 people filled the room to capacity (after extra seating was added). Our own Larry Lessard presented the technical challenges in switching to 100% renewable energy and the need to electrify transportation and heating if this goal is to be achieved. A newspaper article about the event is at this link: https://www.itemlive.com/2017/11/15/marblehead-medford-energized-ssu-forum/



































100% Renewable Energy Summit

Join Achieve Renewable Energy, LLC at North Shore for 100% Renewable Energy Summit

Our own Lawrence Lessard will be on the discussion panel at the upcoming North Shore for 100% Renewable Energy Summit on Tuesday November 14, 2017 at Salem State University in Salem, MA. Please attend and support the discussion of Massachusetts energy and climate options. Other hosts include Congressman Seth Moulton, State Senator Bruce Tarr, and State Senator Joan Lovely.

Please RSVP to this event by contacting Meghan Hassett at mhassett@environmentmassachusetts.org

Geothermal Seminar – Mon, Sept 12, 2016

Please join us for our Second Geothermal Seminar to be hosted by the MASS CEC on Monday, September 12th at 5:30 P.M. This is the second in a series of bi-monthly seminars which will examine topics relevant to the geothermal industry in New England. Highlighting this seminar are presentations on:
• Historic Mill Building gets 21st Century Heating and Cooling System
• Review of New Joint U.S. – Canadian International Geothermal Heat Pump Standards

Lawrence Lessard, operates Achieve Renewable Energy, LLC., is a practicing hydrogeologist, is a member of IGSHPA and is an Accredited Installer and has completed the Certified GeoExchange Designer exam.
Carl D. Orio, Chairman, Water Energy Distributors, Inc. Co-Author, Modern Geothermal HVAC Engineering and Control Applications, Certified IGSHPA GeoExchange Designer, and Accredited Installer. Certified IGSHPA Instructor.

Monday, September 12, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Third Floor (go left after entering, take elevator)
63 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110

For further information contact:
James Ashley, President, NEGPA,
1053 Kittredge Road, Danville, VT 05828, jashley@vermontgeo.com, 800-236-8215 or 802-684-3491

Achieve Geothermal Interview on WBZ 1030

Tune in to WBZ 1030 on Saturday March 12, from 8-9pm to hear our own Lawrence Lessard being interviewed by Rick Scherer and Ali Alavi from Real Estate Radio. The interview will discuss Geothermal for commercial and residential properties. Learn how Geothermal works, about government incentives and more.


Achieve Exhibiting at the Home Show at Patriot Place

Achieve Renewable Energy, LLC. will be exhibiting at the Home Show at Patriot Place in the Dana Farber Field House at Gillette Stadium. Com visit with us on March 21st, 22nd or 23rd. You can learn more about our residential solar lease options and special pricing on the WaterFurnace 5 Series and 7 Series geothermal equipment. We would be happy to talk about your house and recommend renewable energy solutions customized to your needs.